Archive for August, 2013

  • Epson launches new digital label press for single-pass printing

    Epson has expanded its range of digital label presses with the launch of the SurePress L-6034VW at LabelExpo Europe in Brussels. It’s the first press to use Epson’s new PrecisionCore linehead technology for single pass printing and the first to feature its new LED-cured UV ink with in-line varnish technology.

    The SurePress L-6034VW was first shown as a prototype at drupa 2012 and is now available in two models; one with CMYK with digital varnish and one without white ink. The SurePress L-6034VW and L-6034V models will be available in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

    “The launch of the SurePress L-6034VW puts us in the position of offering two very different presses with two different inksets,” said Craig Heckenburg, General Manager Australia.

    The press is designed for durable print quality, short to mid-run labels on standard film and paper label substrates between 80mm and 340mm wide.

    The LED lamps used for the curing process lowers the energy consumption. It also enables printing onto heat-sensitive substrates, such as polyethylene (PE).

    According to the Epson the new press has incorporated sophisticated automatic monitor

    ing, maintenance and cleaning features within the SurePress L-6034VW.

    Nozzle State Analysis technology, will automatically sense if a nozzle is not firing and rapidly cleaning and recovering it, in return it minimises downtime, minimises ink waste and ensures continuous printing.

    Each of the six lineheads in the press comprises 11 PrecisionCore printhead modules (totalling 52,800 nozzles) that Epson says delivers precise quality with multi-size dot control and high native resolution.

    The linehead is tuned to work with Epson’s new low-energy LED-cured UV ink and in-line digital varnish technology to deliver a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi at 15m per minute.

    The SurePress L-6034VW gives users the flexibility to print high-opacity white ink first or last to boost image impact on clear and metallic substrates and to expand the variety of labels that can be produced.

    It features a time saving digital varnish feature which it enables the user to apply matte, gloss and even a combination of both in patterned or selective spot varnish effects during printing to achieve a range of finishes. This can be done on the same label or vary from label to label in the same print run.

  • Get in quick for early bird Printovation Awards entry

    The cut-off for early bird entry into this year’s annual Printovation Awards is nearly upon us, with submissions before 2 September receiving the special discount rate. However, general submission entries will be open until 16 September for the Awards, which are being held on 3 October in Sydney.

    The GASA Printovation Awards are an annual celebration of innovation, creativity and high quality in print.  Please click here to download the PDF entry form.

    The Printovation Awards recognise and celebrates innovation, creativity and high quality in print by acknowledging Australian creative and print professionals who push the boundaries of print at a consistently high standard.

    The awards are judged across a range of key categories including Offset, Web, Digital (non-variable and variable/cross media), Point of Sale, Outdoor, Embellishment/Finishing and general.

    The Awards are organised by the Graphic Arts Services Australia (GASA), the design and digital section of Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries).

    This year’s judges are:

    Belinda Hubball – Design Director, Hulsbosch Design

    Belinda has over 15 years’ experience in global branding agencies – having worked on everything from tiny start-ups and national charities to large financial and even larger retail brands. With a focus on branding and corporate communications, Belinda is no stranger to a beautifully printed piece of design. After a 10 year stint in London and Hong Kong, working at award-winning agencies such as Lloyd Northover and The Brand Union, she has returned to her native Australia. She has been Design Director at Sydney-based agency Hulsbosch for the past 18 months, where she gets to play every day with a wonderful team of insanely talented people.

    Richard Daniell – Managing/Creative Director of RDA Creative

    Richard Daniell is the Managing/Creative Director of RDA Creative and has over 35 years experience in advertising, creative design and print production, Rick has a vast knowledge of all facets of the industry. In his role as creative director, Rick works closely with his team of talented designers to bring out the best in their abilities in each and every project. His passion for print, from basic business cards to book publishing, drives him to seek full control of the entire process from proof to delivery. Rick is also involved with a number of other companies and holds board positions with GASAA,  Integrated Resources Limited (IRG) and Photolibrary Limited – Australasia’s largest photo library.

    Jeremy de Villiers – Executive Producer, Leo Burnett

    Jeremy De Villiers joined Leo Burnett Sydney over a year ago, prior to this he spent 8 years working as a Print Producer at Saatchi & Saatchi, 1 year as a Senior Producer at Host and most recently spent a year as Head of Production at Moon Communications. Over this period Jeremy has worked across a broad range of clients and has been responsible for producing countless large budget ad campaigns as well as beautiful print pieces and has a thorough understanding of what good print should look and feel like. Jeremy is a passionate art and print buyer and has relationships with scores of long term suppliers at many of Australia’s top print and mail houses. At Leo Burnett, Jeremy is the Executive Producer of Print and overseas everything print related.

    Rose Farhart – Head of Innovation & Technology, JCDecaux Australia

    Rose heads up the Australian division of the JCDecaux Innovate department. JCDecaux Innovate was launched globally in 2003, and in Sydney in 2005 (the brand now exists in 34 countries). She has over 20 years’ experience in the advertising industry starting her career in Television in the Channel Seven Traffic Department. Following her time at Channel Seven, Rose moved to Adstream where she helped launch their digital commercial delivery division, and after her stint there Rose moved to the ‘Out of Home’ media sector starting at Airworks Media before moving to JCDecaux. Rose has headed up the JCDecaux Innovate department for the last six years; her key role involved implementing JCDecaux Innovate in the Australian market. Rose’s expertise is to work closely with 3rd Party suppliers, sales teams, technical teams and clients to bring new ideas and technologies to life and incorporate them into advertising campaigns that stand out from the standard proposition.

    Sunnee Campbell – Managing Director, Webunch

    Sunnee Campbell has had over 20 years broad Marketing Services and Printing Industry experience which has encompassed a diverse range of roles both locally and abroad. She has experience first-hand the evolution of marketing communications including the printed piece, online communication and mobile technology. Understanding where the printed piece can still add value to enhance experience and human interaction is the driving force behind her Interactive Event Marketing Business, WeBunch. She previously was an Account Service and then Business Excellence Manager at STI Lilyfield with a core focus on quality, environmental and general management systems, marketing services and ·tender submissions. She has a graduate Certificate of Commerce from Charles Sturt University, Certificate in Direct Marketing from the Australian Direct Marketing Association, a Diploma of Business from SAI Global and an Advanced Certificate in Printing Technology from TAFE.

    Paul Richardson – Managing Director of Lindsay Yates Group

    Paul Richardson is the Managing Director of Lindsay Yates Group a Sydney based commercial print business with a leading reputation among creative and enterprise print buyers. Prior to this he was Managing Director at Mockridge Bulmer between1990 and 1997. He has Print Cert & B.Bus (Mgt) Degree and is current Board member of Printing Industries Association of Australia and the Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia.

     

     

    Entries are now open for the GASA Printovation Awards 2013 – recognising innovation in print in Australia.

    Early bird discounts apply if you submit entries before Monday 2 September 2013. See below for more information.

    To download the PDF entry form please click here.

    To find out more about the presentation dinner in Sydney or about other upcoming events, click here for the Print21 Calendar.

  • GASA 2013 Printovation Awards dinner

    Here’s another reason for everyone in the local industry to gather together for a tipple – The GASA Printovation Awards are an annual celebration of innovation, creativity and high quality in print.  Please click here to download the PDF entry form.

    The Printovation Awards recognise and celebrates innovation, creativity and high quality in print by acknowledging Australian creative and print professionals who push the boundaries of print at a consistently high standard.

    The awards are judged across a range of key categories including Offset, Web, Digital (non-variable and variable/cross media), Point of Sale, Outdoor, Embellishment/Finishing and general.

    Presentation Dinner – Thursday 3 October 2013

    Join industry colleagues for the fourth annual GASA Printovation Awards presentation dinner at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney, and celebrate all that is exciting about innovative print communications. This is not your average awards night, it will be a lot of fun with a tight presentation session and plenty of time to chat and catch up.

    Registration: ($135 early bird registrations till 19 Sept, $150 thereafter). 10% discount applies to group bookings of 5 or more in one payment.

    When: 6.30pm till 10pm, Thursday 3 October 2013

    Parking: Darling Park, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney
    Click Here for map of Wilson Parking

    Attire: Smart casual

    Schedule:

    6.30pm – Arrival & Drinks
    7pm – Dinner & Presentation
    9.30pm – After dinner coffee
    10pm – Finish  

  • Intec Printing Solutions gets the Fiery spark

    Intec Printing Solutions is giving its range of extreme heavy stock colour digital printing systems a new spark after signing a deal with print software giant, EFI, to develop and lunch a Fiery front end specifically for Intec printers.

    The new system, EFI Fiery digital font end for Intec printers, was launched on 29 August and is based on EFI’s recently launched Fiery XF Version 5. Under the new partnership between the two companies, the Fiery system will be optionally bundled with the Intec range.

    The Intec range, which is distributed locally through Canberra-based Onyx Solutions, is set to offer end users exact colour through a fully customisable user interface and workflow onto a broad spectrum of media.

    For Ian Melville, Intec Printing Solutions managing director, the partnership will enable Intec to keep pace with the technical race among its rivals in the global marketplace.

    “We are incredibly excited about the new partnership with EFI which ensures Intec continues to evolve within an ever changing print industry, keeping us at the forefront of technology” states Ian Melville, managing director at Intec Printing Solutions.  “And even more delighted to be able to offer our customers a flexible and scalable high-speed RIP and colour management workflow that is the perfect solution for our range of digital printing solutions.”

    Intec printers are already known for a wide range of printing applications including short run print production, heavy stock printing, greeting cards, envelope printing, banner and point of sale applications, packaging with Intec’s capability to print onto substrates up to 600gsm.

    The addition of the Fiery system will enable Intec users to quickly and easily achieve output on all manner of substrates from Intec printers. It is compatible with Mac OSX and Windows and is available from authorised Intec partners such as Onyx Solutions.

    According to EFI and Intec, the Fiery front end streamlines the entire print production process from job creation to printing, through the use of default paper profiles and print verification.

    The system offers a modular software architecture allowing users to add advanced colour functionalities such as the Color Verifier and Color Profiler Option, resulting in greater colour control for the short-run print production marketplace.

    Toby Weiss, senior vice president and general manager of Fiery products at EFI said: “We value our new partnership with Intec and the ability to bring the market-leading Fiery colour accuracy, cutting-edge performance and superior output to Intec customers. Together we can deliver exceptional and unique products to new markets and market segments globally.”

  • Winds of change – Helen Walker joins RotoMetrics

    School’s out for former primary school teacher Helen Walker as she begins an exciting new chapter in her career as accounts manager of RotoMetrics Australia.

    In an exclusive interview with Print 21 she said, “I started to research RotoMetrics. I was really impressed to see that they are a global company who pride themselves on good customer service. I particularly liked that they offer local manufacturing and technical support. I felt like this showed the good integrity of the company, the fact that they offer a great service beyond the sale of a product.”

    In what is a learning curve and breath of fresh air for Walker, she believes a combination of her customer service and organisational skills will make a difference.

    Helen Walker, new accounts manager of RotoMetrics

    “I have been amazed by what I have learned so far in this role, and all everyday things that I would have taken for granted before I started the job. I had no idea how big the industry was. But I’ve well and truly caught the bug now and annoy all my friends when I point to wine bottle labels, jam jar labels, pizza boxes and say – we sell the tool that has cut that out,” Walker said.

    The biggest learning curve at the moment for Walker are the different types and specs of paper stocks. “The other day I saw a paper made out of stone dust. I’m flying out to Western Australia again next month to visit more customers there,” she said.

    Walker has previously worked in women’s retail stores, and taught English in South Korea. Her decision to make a career change was made easy as she says Aussies are friendly and grateful for the service one provides.

    She said, “I have always enjoyed using my knowledge, advice and resources to give the customer what they want. A quick phone call to another store is a five minute job for me, but saves hours of extra shopping for the customer. This applies to RotoMetrics, too. Sometimes it the smallest task that make all the difference to my customers.”

    RotoMetrics is a supplier of rotary and flexible cutting dies, print cylinders and sleeves, adjustable anvils, die station modules and converting systems.

  • Print13

    Print13 has an array of exciting Digital, Offset, Flexo and Hybrid technologies, products and services for the commercial, transactional, publishing, mailing, in-plant, photo imaging, marketing, converting and package printing industries.

    Destination: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL USA

  • SA and NT PICA Awards

    The 2013 SA and NT PICA Awards have an emphasis on appeal, impact and effectiveness of well designed printed material of the highest quality as modern sales, communications and educational media in the South Australia and Northern Territory.

    It aims to publicly recognise and honour South Australian and Northern Territory companies for their ability to create, design and produce printed material of outstanding merit and distinction.

    The Finsbury Green team celebrating their winning the Excellence in Print Award.

    It recognises print businesses that demonstrate leadership in improving workplace resource use efficiency.

    The Awards provide entrants with industry recognition and company promotional opportunities.

     

     

  • Five more Spandex wrapped fridges up for grabs

    Spandex has named another five winners of its limited edition, Avery Dennison substrate-wrapped fridges in its ongoing promotional campaign – and there are still another five up for grabs.

    The August winners who will each receive a hand-wrapped 240-litre Westinghouse fridge are:

    Winners from last two months’ draws have got into the Facebook spirit, posting photos of their new fridges.

    Peter Wu Graphics – New South Wales
    R & J Wilson – Victoria
    Advision – Queensland
    Vale Signs – South Australia
    Authentic Signs – Western Australia

    Marketing Manager Nathan Barclay said: “Previous winners from July and June have started posting photos up on our Facebook page which is really great. It’s all about fun and getting ready for a cool summer and seeing customer teams from all over Australia with their new wrapped fridges really gives us a warm feeling!”

    There are still five more wrapped fridges to win before the competition ends in September. All that any Spandex customer has to do is buy an Avery Dennison product from Spandex.  If the order exceeds $300, two entries are automatically awarded – it’s that simple.

    Anyone wishing to enter the final draw should click here.

  • Spandex Victoria open house

    The Victorian branch of Spandex Asia-Pacific is holding an Open House this Friday, August 30th at its Sunshine showrooms. Running from 10am to 3pm, Victorian customers are invited to ‘drop in’ and speak with experts from both Spandex and its key suppliers.

    Victorian Branch Manager Wayne Hood (pictured) said: “Open Houses are the best way to learn new things and keep up to date with technologies. It also helps to be face-to-face with customers and build relationships. Our team together with selected suppliers will be on hand to answer any questions at all on substrates, inks, processes, software and hardware. It’s a friendly relaxed event that anyone in the industry can attend, with refreshments and bites throughout the day, with ho hard selling; it’s all about sharing information.”

    Spandex has recently added HP Latex and industrial flatbed UV printers to its hardware range and these are expected to be a leading topic of discussion. Spandex is also sharing a stand with HP at next month’s Visual Impact Image Expo in Sydney.

    Victorian customers are encouraged to drop in to: 76, Technology Drive, Sunshine, Victoria (Phone 03 9681 9433) anytime between 10am and 3pm this Friday 30th August.

  • VIC PICA

    The Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) celebrates excellence in the print, packaging, print finishing and visual communication industry in Victoria, and recognises the highest quality work and expertise across various categories.

    The Awards continue to be instrumental in lifting the standard of the printing industries best work to its present level and for attaining recognition internationally for the skills of Australian printers. 

    The PICA Awards are run under the auspices of the Printing Industries Association of Australia. The Association is an independent, not-for-profit member-based organisation, representing large, medium and small businesses. Membership covers all imaging and communication sectors.

    The Benefits of winning a PICA award

    • Use your PICA award as a promotional tool to show that the work you produce is of an exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
    • Display your Gold, Silver or Bronze medal/s for your customers to view
    • Display your A3 size certificate of excellence honoring your achievement with an option of a certificate for your client.
    • Acknowledgement at the awards presentation dinner.
    • Your work displayed at the awards presentation dinner.
    • Your company name and an image of your winning job printed in the PICA Awards book.
    • Your Company name on the PICA website www.picavic.com.au.
    • Mention in media coverage associated with the event.
    • Those achieving a gold medal will have their work automatically entered into the National Print Awards.
  • Winds of change – August 2013

    Mimaki Australia has appointed Brad Creighton as its new sales and marketing manager

    Brad Creighton joins Mimaki’s newly formed Australian subsidiary overseeing the national distribution of Mimaki products through a countrywide dealer network.

    Creighton has been in the industry for some twenty years, having spent ten of them with DGS supporting Mimaki products across the country.

    “I’m thrilled to be joining Mimaki Australia. One of the main lessons I have taken from twenty years in the graphic, sign, and display industry is the constant evolution of technology in which Mimaki has been an industry leader.” Creighton said. 

    He said, “Manufacturing products in various fields is no mean feat, but when these products change the way businesses think, produce and deliver, now that’s something special. Mimaki are changing industry attitudes about producing graphics.”

    Hiroshi Okino, managing director of Mimaki welcomed Creighton as it new sales and marketing manager of Australia. He said “I believe that Brad will bring with him a great understanding of the Australian market when he joins our existing team of experienced representatives to support Mimaki customers.”

    Creighton said he is extremely excited about the opportunity to offer continued support for Mimaki customers and resellers.

    Mimaki Australia headquarters in Rydalmere are currently being refurbished. In the meantime they are located in temporary offices in North Ryde.

    The refurbished facility will have a new showroom displaying up to ten Mimaki products.

    “Forward planning is vital as we travel up the sales and service rollout strategy curve.” Brad said “Bigger premises are part of a strategy that will see our staff level grow from the current six to over a dozen in a few months time.” Creighton concluded.

  • Spandex hosts Victorian open house

    The Victorian branch of Spandex Asia-Pacific is holding an Open House this Friday, August 30th at its Sunshine showrooms. Running from 10am to 3pm, Victorian customers are invited to ‘drop in’ and speak with experts from both Spandex and its key suppliers.

    Victorian branch manager Wayne Hood (pictured) said: “Open Houses are the best way to learn new things and keep up to date with technologies. It also helps to be face-to-face with customers and build relationships.

    “Our team together with selected suppliers will be on hand to answer any questions at all on substrates, inks, processes, software and hardware. It’s a friendly relaxed event that anyone in the industry can attend, with refreshments and bites throughout the day, with ho hard selling; it’s all about sharing information,” he said.

    Spandex has recently added HP Latex and industrial flatbed UV printers to its hardware range and these are expected to be a leading topic of discussion. Spandex is also sharing a stand with HP at next month’s Visual Impact Image Expo in Sydney.

    Victorian customers are encouraged to drop in to: 76, Technology Drive, Sunshine, Victoria (Phone 03 9681 9433) anytime between 10am and 3pm this Friday 30th August.

    For more information or to find out about other upcoming events, click here to visit the Print21 Calendar.

  • ‘The market is the artist’ – Letter from the Publisher August 2013

    Letter from the Publisher, Patrick Howard – Print21 August 2013

    Who would have thought that Gerold Linzbach, CEO, Heidelberg (pictured) would have such a poetic cast of mind? Brought in with a reputation for being a ‘toe cutter’, the formidable Herr Linzbach has his views on the ‘right sizing’ of the leading press manufacturer.

    This ‘right sizing’ has seen Heidelberg cut more than a third of its people over the past few years as it comes to terms with the 40 per cent fall in demand for its products. Coming from outside the printing industry there is a refreshing realism from the new CEO about the relationship of the company, the industry and the marketplace.

    Asked when he will know Heidelberg has finally reached the right size, he said:

    Shaping a company is a careful creative process, almost like when a sculptor hews a shape out of a huge piece of raw stone. First he works to create the basic shape, and then he works and reworks until he has given the stone all the minute details that will give the finished work the unmistakable character he is striving for. Finishing touches are decisive – and sometimes are never really finished. Some detail can almost always be improved. At Heidelberg – with Focus 2012 – we have achieved the basic shape. We are working on the finishing touches. But for us, the creative process is really re-creative process. And, of course, we are not the real artist. The real artist in the shaping process is the market, with all its regional differences and details. Our job is to mirror the market, to recreate our business to fit the shape of the different markets. We don’t shape the markets ­ we serve them.

    There may be a certain Teutonic weight to the sculptor metaphor but he is right on the money in placing the market at the centre of business strategy. It is too easy to blame external factors when our customers no longer want what we are selling. It is sometimes too difficult to change a formula that has worked for many years, but as the Heidelberg CEO points out, we are in business to meet the demands of the market, not the other way about.

    In the ongoing turmoil of the printing marketplace many are concerned about the ultimate fate of printing. Fashionable forecasts of the death of print are assured of a ready audience almost eager to surrender to doom and gloom. It is more taxing to take the measure of the marketplace and adjust our operations – ‘right sizing’ if necessary – to meet its demands.

    There are structural as well as cyclical challenges in the printing marketplace but there is a solid foundation of demand that is not about to disappear. We are lucky that the demand for printing is so widespread that there is no likelihood of anyone, printing company or supplier, being able to ‘game’ the market. There will always be opportunities and overlooked niches ripe for exploiting for those who care.

    Andrew Dunn, who looks after prepress for Currie Group, reminded me of this. While the Group may be focused on the high profile and lucrative HP Indigo franchise, Dunn is quietly refurbishing the relatively unfashionable commercial CTP market with the company’s Cron platesetters. He reckons there are a couple of hundred aging ECRM CTP engines installed by the Group in the market and, over the next few years, they’ll be ripe for upgrading. It is likely to be a very profitable market and Dunn is ready to meet the demand.

    Sam Hanna of Hannapak also drew my attention to the resilience of the marketplace when he brushed off any fears about the fate of manroland when it went under last year. “Maybe for five minutes but I knew someone would pick it up. They were never going to let that customer base go.”

    He is also moving to meet his market by adding to the company’s formidable battery of manroland offset presses. He makes the point that you will not be able to take advantage of opportunities if you don’t already have the capability to service the market.

    Which proves that while the market may be the over riding power, we are not hapless victims. Energy and acumen are the tools by which we can shape our own destiny… provided we remember that in the long run everything must meet the market.

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  • Issue 591 – 28 August, 2013

    This week, a proposed import ban of reconditioned printing machinery into India looks set to hit local industry equipment dealers. Richard Rasmussmen highlights how falling click-charge prices are powering a digital surge in the local market. Cashed-up PaperlinX embarks on a turnaround year. And, Scott Print tops the award tally at the Western Australia PICAs.

     

    Also this week, the Print21 team welcomes Alex Milic to its editorial ranks. Alex is taking on the publication’s journalistic duties as I prepare to move on in early September. As always, we are keen to hear your industry tips and stories, so if you would like to share your story with Alex, click here.

     

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  • Turnaround year for cashed up PaperlinX

    The paper merchant’s determination to revive its European businesses is due, in no small part, to the fact that it cannot sell them. According to Andrew Price, executive director responsible for driving the reconstruction of PaperlinX Europe, there are no buyers prepared to make a sufficient offer for the troubled European assets that have proven to be a drag on the company’s progress. Faced with the task of rationalising the different country operations, PaperlinX has cashed up its portfolio to give it the money to complete the job.

    Price maintains there is no alternative to the turnaround strategy already underway. “There is no one around prepared to make a half reasonable offer for the European assets, so we have made the commitment to fix it ourselves,” he said. “We have already brought all the continental companies under the one PaperlinX brand so as to better effect efficiencies.

    “We are starting to operate as a global business with a customer focus. Andy Preece from Australia and Cory Turner from Canada [managing directors of the successful entities] are now spending time with the European business to share their expertise. We have a great team and tons of cash to do what is necessary. I’m very confident in the future of PaperlinX, a lot more than I was twelve moths ago.”

    Price’s upbeat appraisal follows a watershed full year results for 2013 that saw debt slashed by 17% to $123 million even as volumes fell in extremely challenging conditions. PaperlinX posted an after tax loss of $90.2 million, down from $266.7m last year. The company has announced it expects to be marginally profitable next year. It has affirmed its financial position including capitalizing its German invoices.

    The Australian, Canadian and New Zealand companies all posted significantly improved results, throwing into stark relief that PaperlinX problems are mostly to do with its European operations. It is also why Price is returning to London to continue driving change in the region.

    “Europe is the problem and it’s not going to be an easy fix, but we’re determined to make it work. It’s not a one off project but a constant restructuring,” he said.

    According to PaperlinX, the European businesses revenue was down 12% in local currency – due to market decline in paper, and loss of market anticipated due to significant sales force restructuring. There was a 12% reduction in the number of employees throughout Europe.

    Underlying earnings in Australia & NZ of $13.0m were an improvement on last year’s $10.9m.The company said this result was achieved in extremely tough trading conditions where strong margin and expense control in Australia and New Zealand more than offset a volume shortfall.

    And then there are the hybrids

    In a bid to appease its fractious hybrid shareholders – investors that own PaperlinX Step-Up Preference Securities – the company’s board said it was exploring a scrip-based merger between the company and the PaperlinX SPS Trust. This deal would effectively see the hybrid securities exchanged for regular shares.

    The proposed option is unbinding and is in preliminary discussions with the Trust company. Additionally, the company said it was also considering a number of alternatives, but Price was adamant that the option proposed constituted a genuine offer.

    This was rejected by Graham Critcheley, convenor of the PaperlinX hybrid investor entity, PXPUPA Investor Group Supporters (PIGS), who claims the option put forward is nothing but a hollow proposal and is unlikely to come to fruition. This response was to be expected given the history between the two groups and to some extent between Price and Critchley.

    “There is no real proposition here,” said Critchley. “Right now, the conversion rate is about 1000 to one and if [Robert] Kaye thinks he can negotiate a deal, then he’s wrong. This is merely a non-binding discussion.”

    For Critchley, it is unlikely that the hybrid shareholders will accept the proposal by the PaperlinX board.

    “25 per cent of the total holders will block any proposal,” he said. “And, they’ve got to get the proposal up from the ordinary shareholders as well. They didn’t have those discussions until they became aware that we had lodged a substantial formal complaint. We’ve had a moral victory.”

    The PIGS held an online webinar prior to the publication of PaperlinX’s financial results on 21 August for concerned hybrid shareholders, which, according to Critchley saw some ‘feisty’ discussion. PIGS will hold second, post-financial results, webinar on 27 August at 5pm (AEST).

     

  • Scott Print tops the tally at WA PICAs

    Perth’s Scott Print topped the tally at the Western Australia Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) gala dinner on Saturday 24 August, collecting no fewer than 17 gold, 17 silver and five bronze awards at the event.

    Other standout performers from WA’s printing arena included Discus on Demand with two gold, two silver and two bronze awards. Advance Press claimed five silver and six bronze gongs. Labelworld WA received two gold, three silver and four bronze awards and Quality Press got four gold, five silver and six bronze awards.

    A total of 40 gold, 54 silver and 33 bronze awards were presented across a spectrum of print and business categories which included new categories for 3D printing, Best Entry by an Apprentice, the Media Super Future Leaders Award and the Green Stamp resource efficiency award.

    For John Scott (pictured), director of the family-owned Scott Print, the huge awards haul at the event is a welcome endorsement of the company’s substantial investment in its digital division over the past year, along with its continuing focus on workforce development and environmental accreditation.

    “We were proudest of the FutureNow Commitment to Workforce Development award,” said Scott. “Tim [Scott] and I have done a lot work over 18 months with our staff, and trying to implement change in the business. We’ve also been doing the Lean Manufacturing course for some of our staff and we felt that a lot of the awards came through the fact that we’ve been able to streamline our business and get our staff on board with that.

    “The other area we’re equally proud of is the digital area. We’ve really been investing in digital and that department’s got it all sorted now,” he said. “We’ve bought the Indigo press, the 5000 which has a fifth imaging unit on it as well, the PUR binding and we’ve bought our own Horizon stacker/folder as well, among many other machines for digital production. Compared to twelve months ago the department has a much more cohesive team.

    “The other big one for us was the environmental award, and to win that again,” he said. “We went for the FSC this year and we’ve also gone to chemistry-free Sonora plates. Kodak has come to the party to help us implement that change.”

    The prestigious Kodak Best of Category Award also went to Scott Print for the Midland Atelier book.

    The LIA Graduate of the Year Award was introduced by the LIA’s Peter Scott before crossing to Peter Shardlow of Heidelberg for announcement of the winner – Timothy Smith of Quality Press.

    Manish Shah of Quality Press was the Media Super Future Leaders Award winner and will go on to represent Western Australia against winners from all other states in 2014.

    Phil Brown of Promotional Graphics won the Fujifilm 2013 PICA Printing Industry Recognition award for his work on the WA PICA committee over many years.

    Printing Industries state manager for WA, Paul Nieuwhof, said the 2013 event received an increase in entry numbers in 2013 from a wider selection of companies largely due to better promotion of categories before the event and the introduction of new categories.

    “Our masquerade ball theming was also a hit with guests encouraged to modify their ticket, which by chance was also their mask,” he said.

    Below is the full list of this year’s WA PICA Awards winners:

    Winners list

    colour

    Category

    Entrant

    Cat

    Title

    Bronze One, two or three colour printing Advance Press

    1

    Craig Steere Invite
    Bronze Booklets, catalogues and magazines Advance Press

    5

    Murdoch College Prospectus
    Bronze Booklets, catalogues and magazines Advance Press

    5

    Trinity Brochure
    Bronze Book printing Advance Press

    12

    We Don’t Need a Map
    Bronze Book printing Advance Press

    13

    Order of the Double Dragon Book
    Bronze Multi piece productions + campaigns Advance Press

    15

    Frogs
    Bronze Book printing Discus on Demand

    14

    Broad – It’s About the Journey
    Bronze Self Promotion Discus on Demand

    31

    Discus Corporate Brochure
    Bronze Finishing Format Finishing

    22

    BGC Brand & Culture Manual
    Bronze Embellishment Intafoil

    30

    Forest Babies
    Bronze Embellishment Intafoil

    30

    Crown Towers Submission
    Bronze Labels – roll fed – Other LabelForce

    35

    Chilli Con Carne
    Bronze Labels – roll fed – Wine & Beverage Labelworld WA

    34

    Malones Margaret River 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Bronze Labels – offset roll fed – Wine & Beverage Labelworld WA

    36

    Merum Estate 2012 Curious Mature Rosé
    Bronze Labels – offset roll fed – Other Labelworld WA

    37

    Wescobee B Natural Organic 500ml Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey
    Bronze Labels – offset roll fed – Other Labelworld WA

    37

    Wescobee 750ml Organic Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey
    Bronze Design M Boss Design Scott Print

    26

    Sandfire Celebrated
    Bronze Presentation Folders, Programs & Menus Percival Print & Packaging

    4

    MRA Folder
    Bronze Stationery – single item Percival Print & Packaging

    9A

    Conducive Business Card
    Bronze Packaging – folding cartons & boxes Percival Print & Packaging

    17

    Discover Australia
    Bronze Packaging – other Percival Print & Packaging

    18

    Diamonds With a Gift
    Bronze Self Promotion Percival Print & Packaging

    31

    Coaster Set
    Bronze Stationery – Sets Pilpel Print

    9B

    Stefan Jewellery
    Bronze Design Print Logic/Scott Print

    26

    Perth Airports Annual Report
    Bronze Commercial poster, showcard, card construction + m Quality Press

    2

    Service Operations
    Bronze Booklets, catalogues and magazines Quality Press

    6

    Bridal
    Bronze Postcards & Greetings Quality Press

    10

    Western Australia
    Bronze Digital Printing Quality Press

    27

    Haandi
    Bronze FutureNow Commitment to Workforce Development Quality Press

    40

    Workforce Development submission
    Bronze Most Improved Resource Efficiency Quality Press

    42

    Most Improved Resource Efficiency submission
    Bronze Newspaper Inserts Rural Press Mandurah

    20

    RIPE
    Bronze Annual Report Scott Print

    7

    Monadelphous Annual Report
    Bronze Annual Report Scott Print

    7

    Womens & Infants Research Foundation Annual Report
    Bronze Digital Printing Scott Print

    27

    YPO Diaries
    Bronze Innovation or Special printing Scott Print

    32

    Sandfire Celebrated
    Bronze Stationery – Sets Scott Print

    9B

    Forward Focus Stationery
    Bronze Best print piece by a Country based printer SW Precision Print

    21

    David Bromley Invite & Envelope
    Bronze Newspapers WA Newspapers

    25

    The West Australian
    Bronze Book printing Worldwide Printing Solutions Joondalup/Wangara

    14

    ORSH Yearbook 2012
    Bronze Calendars Worldwide Printing Solutions Osborne Park

    8

    Safari Calendar
    Gold Best printed entry by an Apprentice Bunbury Print

    19

    Moody Cow
    Gold Embellishment Clarity Print Image

    30

    PICA 2013
    Gold Finishing Classic Bookbinders

    23

    We Don’t Need a Map
    Gold Wide format inkjet printing over 1.5 metre wide Discus on Demand

    29

    Crown
    Gold Innovation or Special printing Discus on Demand

    32

    Brother’s Wedding Book
    Gold Finishing Fast Finishing Services

    22

    John Holland – Crown Towers Perth Submission
    Gold Design Great Circle Design & Animation

    26

    John Holland – Crown Towers Perth Submission
    Gold First time entry Great Circle Design & Animation

    39

    John Holland – Crown Towers Perth Submission
    Gold Labels – roll fed – Other LabelForce

    35

    Butter Chicken
    Gold Labels – roll fed – Wine & Beverage Labelworld WA

    34

    Brygon Reserve Harlequin 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Gold Labels – offset roll fed – Wine & Beverage Labelworld WA

    36

    Single File Run Free Chardonnay Pinot Noir
    Gold One, two or three colour printing Percival Print & Packaging

    1

    Hollywood Fertility Centre
    Gold Packaging – other Percival Print & Packaging

    18

    Pure Wine Carton/Display
    Gold Postcards & Greetings Pilpel Print

    10

    Deray & Simcoe
    Gold Stationery – Sets Pilpel Print

    9B

    St Josephs Subiaco
    Gold Newspaper Inserts PMP Limited

    20

    Paul Carroll – footwear with a difference Winter 2013
    Gold Commercial poster, showcard, card construction + m Quality Press

    2

    First Reward
    Gold Leaflets/Folded Leaflets Quality Press

    3

    Come and See
    Gold Presentation Folders, Programs & Menus Quality Press

    4

    BGC Contracting
    Gold Media Super Future Leaders Award Quality Press

    43

    Future Leaders submission
    Gold 3D Printing Royal Perth Hospital

    38

    3D print samples
    Gold Newspapers Rural Press Mandurah

    25

    Oil & Gas Review
    Gold Booklets, catalogues and magazines Scott Print

    5

    Influencers Global
    Gold Booklets, catalogues and magazines Scott Print

    6

    Midland Artelier Books
    Gold Booklets, catalogues and magazines Scott Print

    6

    Pilbara Project Books
    Gold Annual Report Scott Print

    7

    City of Rockingham Annual Report and Financials
    Gold Calendars Scott Print

    8

    Monadelphous Calendar
    Gold Book printing Scott Print

    12

    Sandfire Celebrated
    Gold Book printing Scott Print

    13

    Midland Artelier Books
    Gold Book printing Scott Print

    13

    Pilbara Project Books
    Gold Book printing Scott Print

    14

    Kimberley Rock Art Volume 3
    Gold Multi piece productions + campaigns Scott Print

    15

    PICA 2013 entry form, menu & invitation
    Gold Packaging – folding cartons & boxes Scott Print

    17

    Mothers Love Shippers
    Gold Digital Printing Scott Print

    27

    Kimberley Rock Art Volume 3
    Gold Self Promotion Scott Print

    31

    Scott Print Welcome Compendium
    Gold FutureNow Commitment to Workforce Development Scott Print

    40

    Future Now Commitment to Workforce Development submission
    Gold Environment Award Scott Print

    41

    Environmental Award Submission
    Gold Most Improved Resource Efficiency Scott Print

    42

    Most Improved Resource Efficiency submission
    Gold Best print piece by a Country based printer SW Precision Print

    21

    John Miller Design
    Gold Newspaper Inserts WA Newspapers

    24

    Fresh
    Gold Stationery – single item Worldwide Printing Solutions O Connor

    9A

    Hire Society Business Cards
    Silver Presentation Folders, Programs & Menus Advance Press

    4

    Summit Realty Presentation Folder
    Silver Booklets, catalogues and magazines Advance Press

    6

    It’s Now Cool
    Silver Book printing Advance Press

    13

    Apparition
    Silver Packaging – folding cartons & boxes Advance Press

    17

    Spa Collection Boxes
    Silver Packaging – other Advance Press

    18

    Amarula Shipper
    Silver Innovation or Special printing Clarity Print Image

    32

    Rimtec Catalogue
    Silver Finishing Classic Bookbinders

    23

    Sandfire Celebrated
    Silver Book printing Discus on Demand

    14

    Brother’s Wedding Book
    Silver First time entry Discus on Demand

    39

    Discus Corporate Brochure
    Silver Finishing Format Finishing

    22

    Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines
    Silver Embellishment Intafoil

    30

    Boulevard Tavern Escape
    Silver Embellishment Intafoil

    30

    Luminessence
    Silver Embellishment Intafoil

    30

    Australia’s First Banknote
    Silver Labels – roll fed – Other LabelForce

    35

    Thai Green Chicken Curry
    Silver Labels – roll fed – Wine & Beverage Labelworld WA

    34

    Churchview Fox in the Hen House 2011 Shiraz
    Silver Labels – offset roll fed – Wine & Beverage Labelworld WA

    36

    Drakesbrook 2013 Moscato
    Silver Labels – offset roll fed – Other Labelworld WA

    37

    Wescobee Organic 500ml Apple Cider Vinegar
    Silver Multi piece productions + campaigns Pilpel Print

    15

    Luminous World
    Silver Self Promotion Pilpel Print

    31

    Pilpel Print Xmas Card
    Silver Newspaper Inserts PMP Limited

    20

    Perth City – Festival of Christmas
    Silver Design Promotional Graphics Designs

    26

    PICA 2013 Programme
    Silver Design Promotional Graphics Designs

    26

    PICA 2013 Ticket
    Silver Design Promotional Graphics Designs

    26

    PICA 2013 Invitation & Categories
    Silver Booklets, catalogues and magazines Quality Press

    5

    Zen
    Silver Booklets, catalogues and magazines Quality Press

    6

    Perth Street Car
    Silver Stationery – single item Quality Press

    9

    Art Source
    Silver Multi piece productions + campaigns Quality Press

    15

    Welcome to CAN
    Silver Environment Award Quality Press

    41

    Environment submission
    Silver One, two or three colour printing Scott Print

    1

    Argyle 1oz 22 Carat Pink Gold Ingot shipper
    Silver Commercial poster, showcard, card construction + m Scott Print

    2

    Cinefest Oz
    Silver Commercial poster, showcard, card construction + m Scott Print

    2

    Oz Lotto Posters
    Silver Leaflets/Folded Leaflets Scott Print

    3

    ISA brochure
    Silver Leaflets/Folded Leaflets Scott Print

    3

    PICA 2013 ticket, menu & invitation
    Silver Leaflets/Folded Leaflets Scott Print

    3

    BankWest brochure
    Silver Presentation Folders, Programs & Menus Scott Print

    4

    AIM Corporate Membership Folder
    Silver Booklets, catalogues and magazines Scott Print

    5

    Miglio Designer Jewellery Men’s Catalogue
    Silver Booklets, catalogues and magazines Scott Print

    5

    From Soil to Oil
    Silver Annual Report Scott Print

    7

    CBH 2012 Annual Report
    Silver Calendars Scott Print

    8

    Yane Sotiroski Calendar
    Silver Postcards & Greetings Scott Print

    10

    Yani Sotiroski Postcards
    Silver Book printing Scott Print

    12

    Wild About Natives Photography Book
    Silver Book printing Scott Print

    12

    Kimberley Rock Art Volume 3
    Silver Packaging – folding cartons & boxes Scott Print

    17

    Lunar Good Fortune 2 Coin Set Shipper
    Silver Digital Printing Scott Print

    27

    City of Rockingham Annual Report and Financials
    Silver Self Promotion Scott Print

    31

    Scott Print 2013 Calendar
    Silver Digital Printing Supa Stik Labels

    27

    West Cape Howe – Vinaceous Salome 2013
    Silver FutureNow Commitment to Workforce Development Supa Stik Labels

    40

    Future Now commitment to Workforce Development submission
    Silver Most Improved Resource Efficiency Supa Stik Labels

    42

    Most Improved Resource Efficiency submission
    Silver Best print piece by a Country based printer SW Precision Print

    21

    The Berkeley River Lodge
    Silver Newspaper Inserts WA Newspapers

    24

    Habitat
    Silver Newspapers WA Newspapers

    25

    The West Australian
    Silver Stationery – single item Worldwide Printing Solutions Fremantle

    9

    All-Rid Pest Management
    Silver Small Business Award Worldwide Printing Solutions O Connor

    33

    Evolution Commercial
    Silver Stationery – Sets Worldwide Printing Solutions Osborne Park

    9B

    Barringtons Stationery
  • Vote for the future with Fujifilm inkjet – Print21 magazine feature

    Fujifilm is staking its claim to be the region’s digital inkjet print technology all-rounder with an offering that includes wide format and commercial production print as well as sheetfed packaging print.

    Aiming to take its place as the inkjet king of the commercial printing market in Australia, the company is offering a veritable smorgasbord of inkjet platforms in the local market.

    Included in its swag of inkjet engines already locally available – or soon to be commercially released – is the Jet Press 540W web-fed digital press for production print, the Jet Press 720 along with its packaging spin-off, the Jet Press 720F, and the high-end wide format machines, the Inca Onset S40i and the Inca Onset Q40i. With this full commercial inkjet offering, Fujifilm claims to be able to print on anything from the lightest substrate to the heaviest board.

    “Fujifilm is a vote for the future,” – Sturt Eastwood, Fujifilm Australia general manager, graphic systems.

    This growing digital inkjet portfolio is all part of the company’s strategy to future-proof its business by helping to secure its customers’ businesses. According to Fujifilm, its research and development into new technologies takes precedence in its global operations, with the company’s financial stability and ongoing re-investment helping to ensure that printers can achieve best-in-class printing over the long- and short-term.

    Inkjet line-up

    One of the company’s latest models to emerge as a result of its ongoing research and development is the four-colour Jet Press 720F B2-size sheetfed digital inkjet press. Unveiled at drupa last year, this press has been designed specifically for folding carton applications, allowing Fujifilm to tap into the rapidly growing short-run packaging print market.

    Scheduled to be commercially available next year, the Jet Press 720F features new high-density, high-precision SAMBA single-pass 1200dpi MEMS printheads and a new high performance water-based ink called VIVIDIA.

    Meanwhile, the first local installation of the roll-fed Jet Press 540W, officially released in Australia just before PacPrint13 where it was a major drawcard at the Fujifilm stand, was completed this month.

    In the wide format market, the latest Inca Onset Q40i is expected to go into a new as-yet-unnamed business in October this year. This new model, which is designed with a focus on print quality for the commercial printing market, joins its older sibling, the Inca Onset S40i, which is designed for speed in high-volume scenarios.

    While the Inca Onset range represents Fujifilm’s top shelf digital wide format offering, the company also has its sights set on the entry-level and mid-range wide format markets with the Acuity Advanced and the Acuity Select flatbed UV wide format machines, while the Uvistar series of high-speed UV roll-to-roll printers targets billboard printing.

    For Sturt Eastwood (pictured), Fujifilm Australia’s general manager, graphic systems, the company’s end-to-end inkjet offering gives printers the opportunity to ‘vote for the future’ by working in partnership with Fujifilm and its technology.

    “Being successful in today’s printing industry is about keeping at the forefront of technology and providing demonstrable business value to clients,” said Eastwood. “This applies to large commercial printing operations as much as it does to smaller, more boutique print shops. To support this diversity of requirements, we offer and support a broad range of solutions, from entry-level wide format output to high-end web fed printing devices.

    “We work with our customers to create the right balance between operating cost, production consistency, product diversification and revenue growth. Wise and timely investment in the right equipment is a fundamental component in this balance, and partnering with Fujifilm is a vote for the future,” he said.